Free Live Racks From Livid Instruments

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Livid Instruments, best known for their line of MIDI controllers, has released two free Racks for Ableton Live users.

The first Rack features the classic 8-bit sounds of the Commodore 64/Mode Machines SID:

Livid’s KC Harvey-Taylor sat down with one recently to break out some sounds for some drums and samplers that are perfect for retro-game effects or just punching through a mix with the characteristic edgy sounds of low-bit, lo-fi, old-school computers.

This free set of samples are conveniently wrapped up in an Ableton Live Pack and includes a 23-sound Drum Rack, a multi-sample Bass, a couple nice lead synths with effects, and some MIDI clips to get you started. If you don’t have live, you can just download the WAV files.

Here’s an audio preview: Continue reading

$79 TB-303 Analog Synth Voice Clone Board, x0x-heart

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Open Music Labs has introduced x0x-heart – a new clone of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer voice.

Purists may argue that it’s a clone of the second cousin of a clone of the original TB-303, but $79 gets you a populated PCB + power supply. Buyers will need to add pots, controls & a case or panel.

x0x-heart is an SMT replica of the TB-303?s analog voice, complete with VCO, VCA, VCF, and envelope generators. It’s meant to be a base upon which you can build ‘a highly acidic synthesizer’.

Here’s a demo of the x0x-heart in action, sequenced by a 303: Continue reading

Mode Machines Releases Free Xoxbox Soft Synth For iPad

xoxbox-for-ipadMode Machines has released x0xb0x for iPad, a software synth that emulates its hardware clone of the Roland TB-303.

Mode Machines has not provided any specifications for the app, other than it requiring OS 6.1 or later. It’s a free app, though, so give it a try and let us know what you think of it!

Here’s a video demo: Continue reading